It’s been almost three years since Justin Timberlake released solo music, but he more than delivered with “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” a poppy, punchy track made for the movie Trolls that dropped last week.
Consider this Timberlake’s blatant bid to claim the song of the summer — he shamelessly tells us exactly that in a teaser video. And honestly, why else would you have a chorus that consists of “Just dance, dance, dance”?
That said, Timberlake’s up against some pretty stiff competition; Rihanna’s “Work” has been on steady rotation since it debuted in January and Desiigner’s trap hit “Panda” has been gathering speed since it was sampled on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo in February.
In fact, these releases might even benefit from the fact that they were released in the dead of winter — Forbes reports that six of the songs crowned “The Song of the Summer” by Billboard in the past 10 years were released before April, which makes sense when you consider that the song of the summer has a lot more to do with circulation than a carefree chorus.
While JT seems pretty confident that he has it in the bag, here are nine songs that could (or should) give “Can’t Stop This Feeling” a serious run for its money.